Jamie Foxx Goes Rogue at Fox Upfronts With Improvised Baseball Jokes: ‘Don’t Need to Stand Up for the Negro League?’

Jamie Foxx Goes Rogue at Fox Upfronts With Improvised Baseball Jokes: ‘Don’t Need to Stand Up for the Negro League?’

“Beat Shazam” host Jamie Foxx veered off script throughout Fox’s upfront presentation to advertisers on Monday whereas selling Fox Sports activities and Main League Baseball’s upcoming collaboration on the Rickwood Basic in June.

After exhibiting a teaser for the sporting occasion, which pays tribute to the Negro Leagues, Foxx requested the viewers to face up — however they remained sitting.

“Don’t need to get up for the negro league? That’s what that is? They received’t even stand for Black folks, I can’t stand this s–t. No, I’m simply kidding,” he joked, which resulted in some members of the viewers going quiet.

Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez then proceeded to hitch Foxx onstage, resulting in extra improvised banter from the actor.

“Let me begin off by saying I couldn’t be prouder of the truth that Fox has this recreation. I imply, we get an opportunity to now pay tribute to the Negro Leagues, lengthy overdue I would add,” Jeter mentioned. “We get to pay tribute to the Negro Leagues.”

“I might say so. I’m that Black dude. Yeah, let it occur,” Foxx interjected, leading to extra awkward silence, to which Jeter replied, “You’ll be able to take the teleprompter down as a result of we’re not even doing the teleprompter.”

Rodriguez went on to notice that Willie Mays, Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson played in the Negro Leagues. At that, Foxx advised the viewers, “That is the place you guys needs to be clapping like loopy that you understand who these individuals are and that you simply care about African People.”

The athlete added that the June program additionally commemorates the sixtieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 (Robinson earlier turned the primary Black man to play skilled baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947).

“I didn’t know you knew all that, I’m gonna name you Encyclopedia A-Rod. I like that. House runs and historical past? S–t, you are able to do all of it,” Foxx responded. “Talking of doing all of it, I don’t imply to brag however ya’ll know I performed a bit baseball. I’ve pitched two no-perfect hitters, not excellent video games, again in peewee league. Ya’ll assume you may match that into your broadcast?” 

Along with the improv with Jeter and Rodriguez, Foxx’s different jokes included asking Fox Leisure CEO Rob Wade to face up a number of instances, telling the viewers to “give it up for myself” and asking the group what their favourite Ken Jeong movie is. The jokes had blended reactions.

“We received some nice alcohol after this, too. We’re gonna get you all f–ked up. That’s what you’re ready for,” Foxx mentioned to interrupt up the awkwardness, which elicited some laughs.

Different expertise featured at Fox’s upfront event at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York Metropolis had been Michael Strahan, Gordon Ramsay, Lisa Vanderpump, Joel McHale, Jon Hamm and Jeong.

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